26 SEPTEMBER: Sanaa weekly, 18-12-97. (Yemeni Armed Forces) [Archives:1997/51/Press Review]

December 22 1997

Main Headlines: 1- The President & Sultan Qaboos of Oman emphasized the need to consolidate bilateral ties. 2- The President received a message from Saddam Hussein. 3- New power station in Seioun, Hajja & Ibb connected to national electricity grid. 4- Military leaders to hold annual conference this week. 5- 18 oil companies are currently prospecting in 22 blocks in Yemen. Article Summary: 2,000 km of Fiber optics The Minister of Communications has announced that a project to lay down a network of fiber optics has already started. The 2,000-km network, connecting northern with southern governorates, is to be financed by the Ministry of Communication. The Jawf part of the network will be finished by the end of 1998 to connect the governorate with the national grid. Telephone and digital TV signals will be transmitted by this modern network. The first stage of the project has already been completed and has entered service. The Aden fiber optics network is expected to cost $38 million with a capacity of 50,000 telephone lines.